It says a lot about a small school in the country when staff say they wouldn’t want to work anywhere else.
For Carey Park Primary School in Bunbury, that’s the sentiment. The longest serving staff member is an education assistant whose been at the school for almost 40 years.
Deputy principal Chris Eagle says he came for a couple of years – and that was 13 years ago: “I just love coming to work.”
And Kelly Dillon has been at the school for 11 years, starting as a teacher and is now deputy principal.
“The children and their families need our support. We work together as a whole community,” she says as her son walks by.
There’s been a school on the site since 1955 – that’s 62 years. The school was rebuilt in 2000 across the oval and the old school was then demolished.
To mark the graduation of students from the school each year, art teacher Lesley Rintoul leads the development of a special mosaic. Like many staff, she has been at the school for a number of years – in fact she started in 1993.
“Each student graduating from our school to go to secondary school is involved in the project,” she says.
“We did a commemorative piece for the Anzac centenary in 2014, and last year we did a mosaic on two benches to mark the special contribution of one of our staff who passed away.”
Lesley says she doesn’t have a favourite piece – “each one is different and reflects what is happening at the time” – but it’s clear she’s passionate about art and kids contributing to the school.
We can’t wait to see the project by the 2017 Year 6 graduating class of Carey Park Primary School!